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App downloads up 15 % in 2016, income up 40 % because of China


The app trade is constant to develop, in keeping with a brand new year-end evaluation from app intelligence agency App Annie, out in the present day, which discovered that app downloads, time spent in apps and income grew throughout the board over the course of 2016. Worldwide downloads had been up 15 % year-over-year, time spent in apps was up 25 %, and the income paid to builders elevated by 40 %.

Downloads had been roughly on the identical path as final 12 months, rising by 13 billion throughout the iOS App Retailer and Google Play to achieve over 90 billion. Due to China, iOS downloads elevated extra this 12 months than they did in 2015. As well as, non-game apps contributed to extra obtain development than video games, specifically in classes like Finance, Journey, Photograph & Video on iOS and Productiveness, Instruments, and Social on Google Play.


After all, downloads don’t inform the entire story, which is why App Annie examined the time spent utilizing apps as effectively. It discovered that whole time in apps was up by over 150 billion hours in 2016, reaching practically 900 billion hours. Nonetheless, this evaluation was carried out solely on Android units, excluding China, so it’s not the complete image.


It’s value evaluating this metric with that from one other year-end report, launched earlier this month from rival agency Sensor Tower. Its evaluation additionally discovered that point spent in cell apps was rising (it believed it to be a lot increased: 69 % throughout iOS and Android), and it discovered that precise app utilization – which means periods (aka app launches) – was solely up by 11 %. App Annie is defining utilization as “time spent in apps,” which is technically a special metric.

As well as, Sensor Tower’s report discovered that periods that grew in apps like messaging, social, sports activities, and enterprise on the expense of others, together with video games.

These the 2 studies provide you with completely different figures, the identical general tendencies are obvious: customers are spending extra time in their apps, and video games might not be a development chief, on some fronts at the very least.


App Annie’s report additionally famous that customers are launching a number of apps per thirty days in lots of markets – over 30, the truth is, in locations just like the U.S., U.Okay., China, India, Japan Brazil and South Korea. That is roughly the identical determine as in earlier years. Nielsen had stated in 2015 that individuals used round 26 or 27 apps per thirty days. Nonetheless, different analysts have famous earlier than that solely 5 non-native apps see heavy use month-to-month.

2016 was additionally a very good 12 months for App Retailer income development, App Annie says. Publishers had been paid over $35 billion throughout the iOS and Android app shops, or 40 % development – that’s greater than 2015’s development price. When third-party Android shops had been included within the evaluation, income elevated to nearly $89 billion.

Once more, China’s affect got here into play right here, contributing to almost half of the iOS App Retailer’s annual development. The nation additionally handed all others to turning into the main supply of App Retailer income in 2016.

Most of China’s App Retailer income comes from video games, and role-playing video games had been particularly standard final 12 months. Fantasy Westward Journey, for instance, has earned over $800 million since its 2015 launch. China additionally noticed the biggest income positive aspects in social networking, with Tencent’s QQ messaging app contributing considerably.


Elsewhere on this planet, video games didn’t lose their edge in terms of making builders cash. The class generated 75 % and 90 % of income on the iOS App Retailer and Google Play, respectively. After all, Pokémon Go’s influence can’t be missed right here – the sport reached $500 million in shopper spend in below 2 months’ time. By the top of 2016, it reached over $950 million in shopper spend – sooner than a number of the most profitable video games of all time, together with Sweet Crush, Puzzle & Dragons, and Conflict of Clans.

The total report dives into different year-end tendencies, as effectively, together with fintech apps’ recognition, the expansion in video streaming (YouTube was primary within the U.S. and the U.Okay., however Netflix introduced in additional income), and elevated use of procuring apps.

App Annie additionally famous that, based mostly on downloads, Fb earned four out of 5 of the highest apps worldwide. The highest 5 so as had been Fb, Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram and Snapchat. It is a bit completely different from Nielsen’s listing, which counted YouTube, Google Maps and Google Search within the high 5. By income, App Annie’s listing was: Spotify, LINE, Netflix, Tinder and HBO Now.


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